Bollywood Star Shah Rukh Khan 'Detained' in US

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan says he was detained by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport, which serves New York.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan says he was detained by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport, which serves New York.

Bollywood actor and Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shahrukh Khan gestures to his fans during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

The actor, who arrived on a private plane, was on the way to Yale University for a function.

It is not clear why Khan was detained at the airport.

Khan was earlier detained for two hours in 2009 at Newark airport and was released after India's embassy in the US intervened.

The actor had then said he was stopped because he had a Muslim name. US customs officials had denied that Khan had been detained, saying he was questioned.

The Press Trust of India news agency quoted sources as saying that Khan was stopped and questioned for over two hours before being cleared by immigration officials on Thursday.

He was freed after Yale University officials contacted homeland security and customs officials, the BBC's Salim Rizvi in New York said.

"Khan was very very upset over the episode," the CNN-IBN channel said, quoting unnamed sources.

Later, he told the students of Yale University that he had been stopped and questioned at the airport.

But, he made light of the incident and joked about it.

"Whenever I want to stay at the airport, I should come to the US.

"They [officials] asked me what my height was, and I lied. Then they asked me what was my colour. I lied and said I was white," he said.

Khan has appeared in more than 70 films and is considered one of India's most recognisable and popular celebrities.